As many would eventually grow to remember the Battle of Kursk and by extension the Battle of Prohorovka, German Operation Citadel would host the largest tank battle in history, however, Kursk was also a milestone in terms of the sheer amount of aircraft also present during the whole of confrontation. For example, just in a single series of predawn raids against German airfields around Kharkov before the Battle of Kursk, over 400 Soviet aircraft participated. Never again would the Luftwaffe be in any position of sustained air superiority or consistent air to ground support.
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Sobaku Doctrine (Japanese for 'Reconnaissance') is a general name given to a series of tactics used by Japanese planners during World War II, especially in the harsh conditions of the Pacific Islands. It was especially adapted to jungle warfare because of the key component of the tactic, stealth. It consisted of constant reconnaissance of enemy positions with as little disturbance as possible.
The reconnaissance troops were then instructed to map out enemy positions, most often troops would sketch them. The most important target to mark were machine gun nests and mortar positions. Then, the reconnaissance troops would make their way back to their observation posts. The most important findings were immediately radioed back to command.
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The development of the famous German ‘Flakpanzer’ series began very early on in the combat history of the Wehrmacht. The first needs for such vehicles came about around the time of the Battle of France in which German military planners came to the conclusion that horse-drawn or tractor driven Flak guns and equipment simply could not keep up with the ever advancing Panzer and motorized infantry forces. Furthermore, once set up, these weapons had little in the way of protection.
However, at that period in time, the need while relevant, was minor in comparison to others. Standard German half-tracks fitted with anti-aircraft weapons also served to answer the need for mobilized Flak, if anything, they performed their function well in the short t…Read more >
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The Allied forces used a large number of grenades designed to deal with enemy armoured vehicles. These weapons came in a variety of different shapes and forms but had similar basic principles.
Unlike the other Allies, the Soviets had neglected development of anti tank weapons, forcing them to rapidly develop some kind of infantry anti tank capability in 1940. The first effort was th…
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